“When you say we have a state of emergency because asylum seekers are being bussed in, well, two things—one, we’ve been [in] a state of emergency, with homelessness in our communities with the people who are already here,” said Barron. “So this is not a new state of emergency. It’s been a state of emergency.
“Secondly, that the fair-share act of 1990, or the fair-share rule in the city charter of 1990s said that the shelter distributions have to be equitably, fairly distributed amongst all communities that can’t be oversaturated in one, or communities that are Black and brown and low income, that’s the class and race.”
He pointed out a majority of the nine districts without a single shelter bed are predominantly white and Asian communities with higher levels of income. Over 90% of Community District 5 is Black or brown and 28.9% of residents earn under the NYCGov poverty threshold.